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Old 10-11-03, 12:52 PM   #1
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Question newbie!! please help, wierd characters on screen after installing drivers

hi,

iam completely new to linux, will be very gratelful for anyone who can give me ideas fro solvin the problem:
installed RedHat Linux 9.0 on my comp.
Configuration: AMD Anthlon XP 2200+ / graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX400 ,

downloaded and installed the latest drivers for the card from NVIDIA site.
after successfully installing the drivers and editing the XFConfig86 file, i restarted X only to get a black screen filled with wierd characters and then nothing happens,

had to change the drivers as "nv" again to make the os functional....

there is this error in the log file:
(EE) [GLX]: Failed to add GLX extension (NVIDIA XFree86 driver not found)

and also the following crap:

(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1024x768" (bad mode clock/interlace/doublescan)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "512x384" (bad mode clock/interlace/doublescan)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1024x768" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "512x384" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1152x864" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "576x432" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1280x960" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "640x480" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1280x1024" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "640x512" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1280x1024" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "640x512" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1600x1200" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "800x600" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1600x1200" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "800x600" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1600x1200" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "800x600" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1600x1200" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "800x600" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1600x1200" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "800x600" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1792x1344" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "896x672" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1792x1344" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "896x672" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1856x1392" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "928x696" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1856x1392" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "928x696" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1920x1440" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "960x720" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1920x1440" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "960x720" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1152x864" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "576x432" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1400x1050" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "700x525" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1400x1050" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "700x525" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1400x1050" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "700x525" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1400x1050" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "700x525" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1920x1200" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "960x600" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1920x1440" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "960x720" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "2048x1536" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1024x768" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "2048x1536" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1024x768" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "2048x1536" (bad mode clock/interlace/doublescan)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1024x768" (hsync out of range)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1280x1024" (width too large for virtual size)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1280x960" (width too large for virtual size)
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "1152x768" (width too large for virtual size)
(--) NV(0): Virtual size is 1024x768 (pitch 1024)
(**) NV(0): *Default mode "1024x768": 78.8 MHz, 60.1 kHz, 75.1 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "1024x768" 78.80 1024 1040 1136 1312 768 769 772 800 +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): *Default mode "800x600": 56.3 MHz, 53.7 kHz, 85.1 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "800x600" 56.30 800 832 896 1048 600 601 604 631 +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): *Default mode "640x480": 36.0 MHz, 43.3 kHz, 85.0 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "640x480" 36.00 640 696 752 832 480 481 484 509 -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "1024x768": 75.0 MHz, 56.5 kHz, 70.1 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "1024x768" 75.00 1024 1048 1184 1328 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "1024x768": 65.0 MHz, 48.4 kHz, 60.0 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "1024x768" 65.00 1024 1048 1184 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "832x624": 57.3 MHz, 49.7 kHz, 74.6 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "832x624" 57.28 832 864 928 1152 624 625 628 667 -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "800x600": 49.5 MHz, 46.9 kHz, 75.0 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "800x600" 49.50 800 816 896 1056 600 601 604 625 +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "800x600": 50.0 MHz, 48.1 kHz, 72.2 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "800x600" 50.00 800 856 976 1040 600 637 643 666 +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "800x600": 40.0 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 60.3 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "800x600" 40.00 800 840 968 1056 600 601 605 628 +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "800x600": 36.0 MHz, 35.2 kHz, 56.2 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "800x600" 36.00 800 824 896 1024 600 601 603 625 +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "640x512": 54.0 MHz, 64.0 kHz, 60.0 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "640x512" 54.00 640 664 720 844 512 512 514 533 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "640x480": 31.5 MHz, 37.5 kHz, 75.0 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "640x480" 31.50 640 656 720 840 480 481 484 500 -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "640x480": 31.5 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 72.8 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "640x480" 31.50 640 664 704 832 480 489 491 520 -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "640x480": 25.2 MHz, 31.5 kHz, 60.0 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "640x480" 25.20 640 656 752 800 480 490 492 525 -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "640x480": 54.0 MHz, 60.0 kHz, 60.0 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "640x480" 54.00 640 688 744 900 480 480 482 500 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "720x400": 35.5 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 85.0 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "720x400" 35.50 720 756 828 936 400 401 404 446 -hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "640x400": 31.5 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 85.1 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "640x400" 31.50 640 672 736 832 400 401 404 445 -hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "640x350": 31.5 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 85.1 Hz
(II) NV(0): Modeline "640x350" 31.50 640 672 736 832 350 382 385 445 +hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "576x384": 32.5 MHz, 44.2 kHz, 54.8 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "576x384" 32.50 576 589 657 736 384 385 388 403 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "512x384": 39.4 MHz, 60.1 kHz, 75.1 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "512x384" 39.40 512 520 568 656 384 384 386 400 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "512x384": 37.5 MHz, 56.5 kHz, 70.1 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "512x384" 37.50 512 524 592 664 384 385 388 403 doublescan -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "512x384": 32.5 MHz, 48.4 kHz, 60.0 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "512x384" 32.50 512 524 592 672 384 385 388 403 doublescan -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "416x312": 28.6 MHz, 49.7 kHz, 74.7 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "416x312" 28.64 416 432 464 576 312 312 314 333 doublescan -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "400x300": 28.1 MHz, 53.7 kHz, 85.3 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "400x300" 28.15 400 416 448 524 300 300 302 315 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "400x300": 24.8 MHz, 46.9 kHz, 75.1 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "400x300" 24.75 400 408 448 528 300 300 302 312 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "400x300": 25.0 MHz, 48.1 kHz, 72.2 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "400x300" 25.00 400 428 488 520 300 318 321 333 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "400x300": 20.0 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 60.3 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "400x300" 20.00 400 420 484 528 300 300 302 314 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "400x300": 18.0 MHz, 35.2 kHz, 56.3 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "400x300" 18.00 400 412 448 512 300 300 301 312 doublescan +hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "320x240": 18.0 MHz, 43.3 kHz, 85.2 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "320x240" 18.00 320 348 376 416 240 240 242 254 doublescan -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "320x240": 15.8 MHz, 37.5 kHz, 75.0 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "320x240" 15.75 320 328 360 420 240 240 242 250 doublescan -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "320x240": 15.8 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 72.8 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "320x240" 15.75 320 332 352 416 240 244 245 260 doublescan -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "320x240": 12.6 MHz, 31.5 kHz, 60.1 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "320x240" 12.60 320 328 376 400 240 245 246 262 doublescan -hsync -vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "360x200": 17.8 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 85.0 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "360x200" 17.75 360 378 414 468 200 200 202 223 doublescan -hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "320x200": 15.8 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 85.3 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "320x200" 15.75 320 336 368 416 200 200 202 222 doublescan -hsync +vsync
(**) NV(0): Default mode "320x175": 15.8 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 85.3 Hz (D)
(II) NV(0): Modeline "320x175" 15.75 320 336 368 416 175 191 192 222 doublescan +hsync -vsync
(==) NV(0): DPI set to (75, 75)

i have attached the log file for viewing it

grateful to anyone who can help

thanx
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Old 10-12-03, 06:33 AM   #2
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This usually is because of flaky power management support in the BIOS and the kernel. If possible, remove APM and ACPI support from your kernel. You might also be able to simply disable those in the BIOS if you'd prefer not to touch your kernel.
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Old 10-13-03, 05:06 AM   #3
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hi

my bios does not have the options for removing the APM and the ACPI support and i dont know how to remove it from the kernel, will be very glad if u could guide me to it.

but does that have to do anything with this error:
(EE) [GLX]: Failed to add GLX extension (NVIDIA XFree86 driver not found)

thankx for ur time
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Old 10-13-03, 10:12 AM   #4
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Hi There

Is your chipset a KT400? If your using Redhat, back up your XF86config and try this in there.

# XFree86 4 configuration created by pyxf86config

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"
EndSection

Section "Files"
# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
#
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc101"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Generic Monitor, 1600x1200 @ 70 Hz"
HorizSync 31.5 - 88.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 90.0
ModeLine "1400x1050" 129.0 1400 1464 1656 1960 1050 1051 1054 1100 +hsync +vsync
ModeLine "1400x1050" 151.0 1400 1464 1656 1960 1050 1051 1054 1100 +hsync +vsync
ModeLine "1400x1050" 162.0 1400 1464 1656 1960 1050 1051 1054 1100 +hsync +vsync
ModeLine "1400x1050" 184.0 1400 1464 1656 1960 1050 1051 1054 1100 +hsync +vsync
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "NvAGP" "1"
SubSection "Display"
Modes "800x600"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection
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Old 10-13-03, 12:59 PM   #5
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hi bob

my chipset is not a KT 400 but a ASUS board M1647
can i try this stuff anyway
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Old 10-13-03, 07:22 PM   #6
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Mat, the first thing you should try, as soul_crusher mentioned, is remove support for apm and acpi from your kernel. To do this, you will have to download the vanilla sources from kernel.org. After extracting the file, goto /usr/src/linux and run 'make menuconfig'. This will allow you to configure your kernel, in particular, remove support for acpi and apm. After configuring your kernel, you would run:
make dep
make bzImage
make modules
make modules_install

Then copy the new kernel, bzImage, to your boot directory and run:

lilo -v

This will allow you to boot your new kernel. Now, I kept this brief and *very* generalized, because you will have to do a significant amount of research on your own. Configuring a kernel is not difficult, it may seem daunting at first, but thoroughly read the documentation provided by kernel.org, and check out the HOWTO's at tldp.org.

When you are able to configure a kernel that boots properly, and have acpi disabled... it should hopefully work (at least it did in my case.. i had the exact same problem).

Good luck, and don't give up. It will come !!!

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If your going to try bob's XF86config file, remove the dri section.
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Old 10-15-03, 11:28 PM   #8
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hi jerr

thankx for ur time, have been experimenting with the kernel sources i got with my package cd, gave a bit of problem, so i decided to get the latest vanilla sources from kernel .org
the patch is in the form of .bz2 (patch-2.4.22.bz2) how the heck do i extract this file, gzip, tar doesnt seem to work.
even if i extract the file through KDE, there is another file (patch-2.4.22) and that's the whole source code..

but how do i extract the contents as my kernel

thanks
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